Category Archives: Well-being

Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More Daily Happiness

money can't buy happiness

A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness (Kushlev, Dunn, & Lucas, 2015). Continue reading

The Reasons Why People Maintain Negative Self-Evaluations

Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help us in some other way? It seems not. Continue reading

The Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy Them

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Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? This post will show you why. Continue reading

The Saying ‘I Know How You Feel’ is Flawed, From a Psychologist’s Perspective

I feel angry

Is this girl angry or sad? It’s hard to tell.

Have you ever said to someone, “I know how you feel“? Well, I think most of us have at some point, but do we truly know how others feel, or is it just a saying that we use for better or worse? Continue reading

Does Your Pursuit of Self-Esteem Damage You?

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We tend to define ourselves and our self-worth in terms of our accomplishments.

How do we increase our self-esteem, and how do raise children with high self-esteem? Many self-help books try to answer questions like these. So, the pursuit of self-esteem is a central preoccupation in our modern culture.  Continue reading

4 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Grow as a Person

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Study: Vacations Decrease Work-Related Stress, Especially in “Obsessive” Workers

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Vacations provide an opportunity for relaxation and mental downtime.

The summer vacations have just ended for most people. So, you might wonder how long you benefit from the effects of your holiday? Ought we go on holidays to relieve work-related stress and to stay well? Continue reading

Study: Choosing Products With Attractive Designs Affirms People’s Self-Image

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Many, if not most, people appreciate luxury or attractive products. A study shows why this might be so.

People strive for consistency in beliefs and behaviors as they have a basic desire to affirm their self-image. Studies have shown that people choose products that are congruent with their self-image: Continue reading